and a chinese artist oversees a show of his work here in london. austria has become the latest european country to introduce tougher border checks in an effort to control the refugee crisis. hungary has declared a state of emergency with its border with serbia. serbia says it's unable to manage the sheer number of people in its country. meanwhile hungary has plans to expand its razor wire forces. the czech republic is prepared to deploy the armed forces to protect the borders. just at the moment hundreds if not thousands of refugees have
now gathered at the border of hungary. serbia's minister has begged hungary to allow them in. >>reporter: with a state of emergency at this border, hungary has taken the crisis into a new direction. it makes life even harder for refugees. many have found themselves stuck in no-man's land with no way into hungary and no way -- i told the army to describe our situation, the human situation. they don't understand. >> by shutting its main border crossing from serbia into the european union, hungary has provoked outrage from its southern neighbors. but the government here insists its new asylum laws are justified. >> those who have not applied on
their journey to the european border to any kind of asylum and there's no sign of them in the system and they don't have proof of that, they're going to automatically be turned back. >>reporter: opposition parties attacked the government for its action. >> the order of the life is stronger than the order of the law. it's outrageous what's happening. we will not forgive the measures to the government of hungary. >>reporter: the far right party said the government had done too little too late. one of its leaders spoke at a news conference echoed by two protesters. >> refugees are welcome here. say it loud and clear refugees are welcome here. >>reporter: refugees on the other side of the fence were appealing for water and food. the prime minister of hungary believes he's taking the lead at a time when eu members still can't reach agreement on share
quotas for settling refugees. and the rift between east and west in the european union has never been bigger. it's shaking the union to its very foundations. while eu leaders are slow in making decisions on the ground, here, the situation once again is deteriorating quickly. andrew simmons reporting there. a group of refugees has been detained for breaching hungary's new border fence with serbia. they were arrested after finding a hole in the fence and cutting through into hungary. they're among 174 people arrested so far for breaching the border. police say all will face criminal prosecution germany has responded to the influx of migrants by introducing temporary controls on its border with austria.
rob reynolds reports from the train station where police have been enforcing these new controls. >>reporter: refugees race through the train station. vrjts it's a scene of complete chaos here at the train station where refugees are trying to get on the train's platform but police are blocking the stairways. underneath the station in a parking garage, hundreds of
refugees, most from syria, have spent days camped out. >> it's not good for us. >> just a little bit of hope. we're not bad. >> she's trying to get to sweden and feels betrayed by rich, middle eastern countries. >> they shut their door for us. they are like us and they're muslim but they shut their doors. they can. they have the ability to help us but they shut their doors for us. the people here have a message for european leader -- making
the blame for all the people coming in from all countries from europe. it's not just their fun. it's very important. >> where do you want to go. no, i want to go in england. but i cannot go there. it's very difficult to go there. germany's border controls have made things worse. >> took us by surprise on some evening that the germans had have closed more or less the border and. -- back in the station, the
standoff continues. some is he few gees -- it's just five kilometers from the german border but their journey is far from over. rob reynolds, al jazeera. austria. for others, the journey has just begun. 300 refugees have been rescued off the italian coast. they were brought to shore by teams from italy and croatia. dozens of palestinians have been injured after israeli security forces stormed the mosque in occupied jerusalem. it's the third day of violence in the compound. they fear now that israel israel
affect the relationship between the two countries. arab members of the parliament spoke with police but to no avail. paul brennan, al jazeera. the owners of a crane which collapsed in mecca have been banned from taking part in new building projects. members of the bin ladin group are also barred from traveling while an investigation takes place. >>reporter: one of the world's biggest construction companies is banned from doing business in saudi arabia. orders were swift and did you have suspended all contracts and licensing for the bin ladin group. the group was the main contractor for the multibillion dollars expansion project at islam's holiest site, the grand mosque in mecca.
an initial investigation blamed it on high winds but also negligence and misuse of the massive equipment. it's the busiest time of year for saudi arabia. millions of muslims are expected to arrive here to perform the haj which starts next year. the bin ladin group was established five years after saudi arabia itself was founded in 1971. it handles the $7 billion expansion of the airport and internationally its projects have included airports in cairo and damascus as well as hotels and universities elsewhere. the company became close to the government but saudi arabia got a new king last year and a new administration took power. this is a big blow for the bin
now to remind you of the top stories here on al jazeera. hungary has declared a state of emergency at its border with serbia in response to its refugee crisis. hundreds of people are at the border after people were no longer allowed in monday night. 36 palestinians have been injured after israeli forces stormed the mosque in occupied east jerusalem. and the owners of a crane that collapsed in mecca have been banned from new building projects. the french prime minister says getting rid of syrian president al assad is one way of easing the refugee crisis. he, again, ruled out sending ground troops to syria but said paris would support a regional
group. meanwhile, russia's president has defended his presence in syria saying they could not defeat isil otherwise. the u.s. says that russia's involvement will only worsen the situation. peter sharp has more from moscow. >>reporter: as concern in the west grows at russia's involvement in syria, president putin made it clear he'll continue to supply damascus with military equipment. we have supported the syrian government. i would like to say that confronting the terrorist aggression, we've provided all the necessary military and technical support and we call on other countries to join us. and putin had another reason to back syria's war against isil. the islamic state fighters from different countries undergo
ideal logical -- russian federation and many former soviet republics and of course they're worried with the possibility of them returning to our territory. but the view from washington from the president down is that russ's continued support of assad is doomed to failure. >> what we would like to see is movement towards a political transition in syria. and as i said last week, we still believe there's an opportunity to pursue that kind of transition in concert with russian authorities. to putin, he's a bullwark against the extremists. and they want to keep him in power. >> it's the last foot hold of the russian military and intelligence services in the entire region of the middle east where once russia, the soviet
union were a dominant force and now they're not. the kremlin argues that air strikes alone will never win the fight and only the syrian army can face up to the isil fighters over the past year and meanwhile suss russia is stepping up its arms supplies against damascus. russian troops and engineers are now expected to extend an air base to cope with the increased flow. the kremlin insists its regular sipments are used exclusively in the batsal against isil but there are real fears that the weapons could be used in syria's civil war which cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians and in the west, that's not acceptable. meanwhile in syria itself,
rockets fired by rebel fighters have killed at least 38 people in the northern city of aleppo. three government held neighborhoods were bombarded. that's according to the u.k. based syrian observatory for human rights. 14 children were among the dead. 150 people wounded. >> an opposition rally in the democratic republic of congo has turned violent. more than a thousand people have been out on the streets of the country. they were protesting against what they said are plans by the president to cling to power after his constitutional man date ends next year. >>reporter: at first the opposition rally seemed to be going well. then this. people rushed to save a dangerous situation. one man tries to get away. opposition members chase after him and beat him saying he and
other members of the ruling party tried to disrupt their rally. >> we're suffering. we're suffering. we might as well be dead. it's awful what's happening here. >>reporter: opposition leaders in the capital accuse the president of trying to delay next year's election so he can stay in power longer after his two-term limit ends. that's why they're protesting. >> the opposition told everyone to stay calm and suddenly commotion broke out. it's absolute chaos and people people are angry. >> government officials say the drc has no money to hold next year's elections. the constitutional courts wants the electtoral commission to shift the dates. >> we are now more than one year before that. we are talking now of local
elections. next year will be september. we shall talk about presidential elections and then we can see who is committed or not. >> the opposition don't believe that. >> he's planning to stay in power. and we are telling you he has to go. he's the problem of this country. >>reporter: they say they will the try and protest again raising fears of more violence. if he doesn't leave when his term in office ends. al jazeera. congo. nigeria's president has asked france for help in the fight against boko haram. the request came between talks in par ras. france already provides logistical support and military intelligence to nigeria and its neighbors. the fight against dram is no
different than the fight against isil or daish as it's also known. fighting against boko haram is fighting against daish. it's no longer possible to distinguish terrorism from regions. it's all inspired by the same ideaology. ahead of that report, -- the tigers in 2009, it ended a bitter civil war that lasted more than 25 years. ever since, there have been accusations from human rights
groups that war crimes were committed by both sides. the then president always maintained he was fighting terrorists, a term he used for the tigers. but a united nations report after the war found around 40,000 civilians were killed in the army's final offensive. on wednesday, the u.n. human rights council finally delivers the result of the investigation. the findings are of the most serious nature. the report is expected to call for a judicial process backed by international monitors that could implicate senior officials. tentative steps have been made towards reconciliation. by agreeing to cooperate and not fearing to cooperate, in part because they are not responsible for what happened in the past, sri lanka is going to benefit from this and we'll get the support from the world in
dealing with this problem. rights group say they have failed to stop continuing incidents of torture by police against civilians. on monday, they announced -- similar to the one set up in post apartheid south africa. politicians want an independent body involving international judges and it's far from certain that, that will happen. the u.s. has called on north korea to avoid what it's described as irresponsible provokations against its nuclear program. its main nuclear plant is up and running again and is improving nuclear weapons
>> u.s. presidential hopeful donald trump is poised to deliver a major speech on national security. a day after this major campaign rally attended by thousands in texas, he will speak to thousands of war veterans in california. he says he will deport the 11 million people living in the united states illegally and will build a ball between the united states and mexico. >>reporter: he will talk about immigration he believes that's a national security issue. he'll talk about his great plan to defeat isis although he has not gone public on the details. he'll of course say anyone currently involved in national security are idiots. and he will say he'll make everything absolutely awesome. people are paying up to $1,000 a ticket to be on the ship when he delivers that address.
he's coming here to san pedro which is a suburb of los angeles. a petition of about 3,000 people say he should not be allowed on this community resource because of his attitude particularly toward latinos. this is a very strong latino area. so trump will see this as a badge of courage that he's coming to a latino area to talk about things like immigration. he'll say he's willing to do things that other politicians are not willing to do. an exhibition looking back at 30 years of chinese artist ai wewe has opened in london and it was personally curated by the artist himself after his passport was unexpectedly returned by the chinese government allowing him to visit the u.k. >>reporter: it's the most anticipated show of the year. activism and art collide here.
the exhibition spans 30 years of his work and includes art installations, architecture, and something in between. in china he's known as the designer of beijing's bird's nest stadium. internationally, he's seen as witty, bold, and political. after the chinese government lifted a four-year travel ban, the artist has been able to permly oversee the show's installation. he also had this message about europe's refugee crisis. >> countries have to come up with some kind of decision to help each other for a better, more effective way of dealing with the situation. >>reporter: he's long been a thorn in the side of the chinese government. this piece is made from the rubble of poorly constructed
government built schools destroyed in 2008 by abearthquake. thousands of bars have been pain stakingly sorted and straitened an a monument to 5,000 victims, many of them children. surveillance is a recurring theme in his work as is his time in jail. this work is a sobering account of his 81 days held in a secret chinese prison. monitored by guards 24 hours a day. this work casts a cold and critical eye back at the chinese government. >> he's probably the most celebrated contemporary artist in the world. but the art is underrated. it's important. it actually needs to be able to speak for itself sometimes which is happening here. >> the show is a reflection of his artistic achievements casting a spotlight on the power of art to challenge authority.
neave barker, al jazeera. and you can find out much more about that exhibition or anything else that we have been covering on our website, al jazeera.com. jazeera.com. >> planned parenthood executives were secretly recorded talking about a loner long-standing practice at the organization supplying fetal tissues to research institutions for medical research. there has been a lot of complaints about editing that distorts what was said, but the undercover recordings have fueled a powerful new movement on capitol hill to strip the family planning of all its federal funding. thats